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ST. PETE CRAB & MUSIC FESTIVAL!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

 

ST. PETE CRAB AND MUSIC FEST. 2016ENJOY SEAFOOD AND MUSIC ALL DAY AT THE BEAUTIFUL, WATERFRONT VINOY PARK IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETE.

On June 18th, 2016, celebrate the 1st annual Crab and Music Festival hosted in downtown St. Petersburg Vinoy Park, where taste buds and bodies alike will be dancing at this seafood and music festival!  Celebrate the area’s diverse crab and seafood cuisine with live music, tons of food, craft booths, raffles, a children’s zone, cooking demonstrations and more. The festival happens from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and tickets start at $20 for General Admission.  Benefits Bristol Temple Ministries and Children’s Dream Fund. crab claws

 

 

 

 

LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY WHERE YOU WILL LEAVE RESTED AND HAPPY?Sea Breeze Manor B&B

Check out the Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast.  Lori Rosso, owner of Sea Breeze Manor knows how to make you feel right at home not only at the inn, but also in the beautiful waterfront small town of Gulfport. The Sea Breeze Manor, is situated across the street from the quiet and relaxing Gulfport Beach on Boca Ciega Bay and a short walk to Gulfport’s famous Beach Blvd. with several popular restaurants and an eclectic collection of shops and boutiques. Sea Breeze Manor is conveniently located just minutes from a great variety of activities, is the perfect place to stage your Tampa Bay getaway.

BLUES & BREWS BENEFITTING CRYSTAL RIVER AQUARIUM PROJECT

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Blues & Brews on the Bay - LogoBlues and Brews On The Bay Summer Fun For The Entire Family!

 

Where:  Downtown Crystal River – Bayside Citrus Avenue & Kings Bay Park

When:  Saturday June 11, 2016, 10am-10pm

Admission:  $5 for everyone over 12

Benefiting:   The Crystal River Aquarium Project – First goal $1.5 million to purchase property.

The Crystal River Aquarium

Blues and Brews On The Bay is a one day street festival hosted by One Rake at a Time Inc., a non profit organization located in Crystal River, FL. This organization has a plan to bring a first class aquarium to Crystal River.

One Rake at a TimeJoin One Rake at a Time for a street festival featuring craft beer, blueberries, live entertainment and more.  Participate in the craft beer walk and taste over 25 craft beers from Florida breweries and wine from three Florida wineries.  Bring the kids for plenty of children’s activities including Kid Zone at Kings Bay Park & various children’s activity vendors. Live music all day including Blues, Bluegrass, Drum Circle, Southern Rock, Reggae & Country down at the bandshell in Kings Bay Park.  Enjoy all the water activities at Kings Bay Park with Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals all day, Kayak Race, Paddleboard Rides, Boat tours of the Bay, and Sunset Cruises.

Nature Coast Inn - fullNature Coast Inn situated in an area with one of the most breathtaking natural areas of Florida and includes the picturesque Withlacoochee river and is only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Nature Coast Inn offers plenty of privacy and luxury to allow you to unwind in a comfortable warm and friendly atmosphere. Here you’ll find a relaxing and comfortable get-away from which to explore many nearby parks, shops and attractions. Indulge yourself in the peacefulness of our rooms or cottages in a tranquil, quiet environment.  Contact Nature Coast Inn for events and activities happening during the summer months.

 

Celebrate Father’s Day Florida Style

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Happy Father's DayFather’s Day Ideas For Every Type Of Floridian Dad

Father’s Day is coming upon us quickly so it’s crunch time for making plans. Knowing that not all Dads are made the same…we have come up with several options that may work for your special man. Show him how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! Whether your Dad is/does:

Enjoys a fine meal ~ There’s nothing like al fresco dining on the water. Or is a no-frills dad who’d rather go out for burgers and beer ~ Perhaps taking him to a sports bar for casual dining and watching a game.

For the dad who loves to get out and move, enjoy a little adventure and spend time with the family: Why not try a picnic? Florida has beautiful Local and State Parks with plenty of activities such as nature trails, kayaking, paddle board, bike trail, nature cruises, canoeing, hiking or perhaps an airboat ride through the Everglades…something for everyone in the family.

Does Dad like fishing? There are several fishing piers throughout the state, state parks or chartering a boat for deep sea fishing which may be more his style.

 Does Dad think he’s a golf pro? There may be more than 1,000 golf courses in Florida offering a short course for beginners, greens with varying elevations, wetland areas that attract wildlife or semi-private courses offering various tee times.

 For the dad who just wants to unwind: Give him a spa day… Yes, men enjoy spas too. Florida has some of the Best Spas in the country. Or “Dad can always bro it up at ManKind—a spa for men—where all services come with a complimentary beverage (beer or wine). The establishment recommends its One of a Kind shave, which is great for men with sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can make dad a massage appointment (as long as mom is OK with the all-female spa staff) or let a real shoe-shine specialist spiff up his kicks.”

Is Dad a Fan of History? There are countless museums, notable estates, other historical buildings, or cultural art museums across Florida where Dad can enjoy the days of yesteryear.Father's Day

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

Mother's Day tulips

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Are you at a loss…don’t know what to get Mom? Show her how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! A perfect gift for a woman with discriminating taste.

Here are some gift ideas and celebrations based on her interests or personality.  We have a Bed and Breakfast Inn location to accommodate any activity you choose.

  • A Sports Fan ~ Catch a game or a gift of team spirit
  • Sweet on Key Lime Pie ~ Head to Key West they’ve got the best!
  • Loves a Little Drama ~ Catch a show at one of the many venues throughout Florida
  • Fancy a Flight ~ Hot Air Balloon ride, Hang Gliding, Float Plane…what does she fancy?
  • Love Wine ~ Tour a Florida Winery, taste and find a new favorite to take home
  • Love Gardening ~ Tour some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens throughout the state.
  • A Fishing Fanatic ~ Catch a charter for a full or half day and give her some reel Florida fun
  • Need Pampering ~ Reserve a treatment or day at the Spa.
  • A Fan of Mysteries ~ Grab a seat on a Murder Mystery Train where you can dine and solve a mystery
  • A History Buff ~ Explore and Tour one of the hundreds of historic sites around the state
  • Enjoy Fine Dining ~ Make reservations for brunch or Dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments throughout the state
  • Love to Drive Fast ~ Forget the Mini Van! Ferrari’s and Lanborghini’s more her speed? Take her to the Exotic Driving Experience
  • Dream of Swimming with Dolphins ~ There are lots of ways to see Dolphins from Orlando down to the Keys

Woody & Pattie

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

 

Blues FestivalTampa Bay Blues Fest – April 8th -10th, 2016. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival prides itself on providing the very best in live blues entertainment, in a beautiful tropical setting. Each year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront. Over the years our stage has welcomed legends such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, and so many others. It has truly become a magnificent celebration of music! In addition to great music and warm weather, you will also enjoy visiting downtown St. Petersburg, with its many restaurants, clubs, and art museums, including the world famous Dali Museum.

 

Watergarden Inn at the BayWatergarden Inn At The Bay – Tampa Bay’s elegant oasis. With over half an acre of lush landscaping and two restored buildings, you will forget you are in the heart of the city. Steps away from everything downtown has to offer: trendy Beach Drive shops and restaurants, fabulous museums, exciting sports venues, Tampa Bay’s picturesque waterfront and marinas. This is not your typical bed and breakfast, they offer modern amenities as well as quaint antiques in each of the 14 rooms and suites. Enjoy free on-site parking, wireless internet and great coffee. Whatever your plans, you will have an exceptional St. Petersburg lodging experience with welcoming innkeepers.

88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Oak Park Inn Arcadia, FL

Oak Park Inn

The 88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo! March 10-13th, 2016. Fun entertainment for all ages! Enjoy watching the Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding or Bull Riding events along with The Quadrille, a very popular event that can best be described as “square dancing on horseback.” This is oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida that has evolved from its initial beginnings to a national sport, drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation. Participants compete for purses and points aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Looking for quiet privacy, a romantic get-away or maybe just to recharge your psychological batteries for a few days? Step back into the previous century and recapture all the romance, charm and gracious ambiance of the bygone era and enjoy the luxurious The Oak Park Inn, Arcadia’s only “Downtown” Hotel. Whatever your reason may be, the results will be worth it. Proud to be an official “stress free” zone, The Oak Park Inn, of Arcadia is a great place to hide out in plain sight!

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, 2016 in Plant City represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. This event rivals any state fair in the country with guests coming from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, local food, headline music concerts, carnival, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. The entertainment line-up, year after year, continues to be extraordinary.

Palmer House

Palmer House

Looking to experience the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”? Enjoy your stay and be pampered at the Palmer House where you can relax under the sprawling oaks on a bench swing, take a cool dip in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Wanting to pick up the pace a little? You may choose to and go canoeing, horseback riding, bike riding or golfing. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or the famous Florida Strawberry Festival.

Do You Like Antiquing?

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you like antiquing then you must check out Arcadia, FL– http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/visit-this-tiny-town-fl/

And plan to stay at Florida-Inns member The Oak Park Inn- http://www.florida-inns.com/listings/oakparkinn-arcadia-florida.html

Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop July 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

As many of you know, I was an innkeeper for 12 years and enjoyed every minutes of it. I can’t tell you how many times guest would visit and say they always wanted a Bed and Breakfast or when I retire I want to buy a B & B?  I’ve heard countless innkeepers from all over say that their guests express the same sentiment. The majority of innkeepers are great people who love to serve and truly enjoy what they do everyday.

When I visit a new B & B I really like the décor of, I usually reflect on how much fun that must have been to create something new and fun that other people would enjoy. I ask aspiring innkeepers all the time to make sure they want to be innkeepers and not just decorators, even though both are lots of fun.

If you are interested in becoming an innkeeper and learning more from the professionals, the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns and Bed and Breakfast Consultant Service is sponsoring an Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 17 – 19, 2015. You’ll be staying at a luxury Bed and Breakfast and all accommodations and meals are included. Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

IMG_1561Surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate. It’s a perfect Gift for your Mom that can be used any time during the year. Moms do so much for us and we forget she likes time away to regroup, rethink and regenerate. Show her how much you care by giving her a Gift Certificate from the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns. Who doesn’t want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Florida? She’ll have fun, fun, fun!   Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now. Florida is always a nice getaway.

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